Since this blog's inception nearly two years ago, I have posted the same daily content on my Facebook page and on the blog hosted at my website. Because not everyone has Facebook and because in geography, in particular, seeing is a big part of understanding, I have included on my blog the same image that automatically comes up on Facebook when I provided a link to the original source so that those who do not have access to Facebook can see, as well as read, the content of the post as it appears on Facebook.
Recently, I received a legal filing accusing me of copyright violation for posting one of those corresponding photos on my blog, despite correctly citing and linking to the original source, and demanding a $2,000 "settlement."
Thus, in addition to being out a chunk of money :-(, I had a choice to make going forward: I could give up these daily posts entirely, disheartened as I am that someone would sue an instructor providing an educational, non-monetized blog as a public service; I could continue with the Facebook posts and delete the blog from my website; or I could continue with the Facebook posts and go back and laboriously delete every image from every blog post that was not from Wikimedia, the U.S. government, or another source that explicitly permits re-use with attribution. I have opted for the latter and am in the process of deleting 95% of the blog's images.
For those of you who read this blog on my website, you will still be able to see the image, but you will have to actually click on the link to do so. Less aesthetically appealing and convenient for you, perhaps, but still available to you. For those of you who read these posts on Facebook and don't see the posts in your news feed regularly, the same content, sans photo, will continue to be available on my website.
Let's continue to make the world a smarter, more wonder-filled place. (Yes, this is my photo, from Grand Teton National Park.)
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